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Teen takes parents to court over abortion

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A 16-year-old girl in Harris County, TX, has filed a lawsuit against her parents, alleging that they are trying to force her to have an abortion she does not want. The teen, who is approximately 8 weeks pregnant, claims that her parents are using verbal and physical threats to try to force her to have […]

TV watching linked to low sperm count

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Researchers from Harvard University have linked TV viewing and lack of exercise to a low sperm count, according to a study published n the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The study found that while watching TV for 20 hours or more a week can lower sperm count, adding 15 hours or more of exercise a week […]

Sisters, ages 8 and 9, start weight loss group

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Inspired by the TV show “The Biggest Loser,” San Antonio sisters Alyssa, 8, and Makayla Esparza, 9, have started a weight loss and healthy living challenge group on Craigslist. The girls started the challenge group to try to get support from other kids their age who live in their neighborhood. They hope that the group will […]

Women warned to delay pregnancy after obesity surgery

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Women who have bariatric surgery (such as the lap band) should wait at least 12-18 months after surgery before becoming pregnant, says a new review of research published in The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist journal. The BBC reports that researchers found an increased risk of miscarriage in pregnancies conceived less than 18 months after surgery. 31% of those […]

Doctors warn against allowing children on trampolines

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  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is discouraging parents from allowing their children to play on trampolines, citing the high number of children who are injured on trampolines each year. In fact, they are asking pediatricians to actively request that the parents of their patients not allow recreational trampoline use. Those at the greatest […]

What Moms eat before pregnancy may be important, says study

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A new study published in the online FASEB Journal found that what female mice ate before pregnancy altered their DNA, and these changes were then passed down to their offspring. These changes affected the ways their babies metabolized essential fatty acids. Study author Mihai Niculescu, M.D., Ph.D., from Nutrition Research Institute at the University of […]

Father-Daughter, Mother-Son events banned after ACLU complaint

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  A Rhode Island school district has put an end to all father-daughter, mother-son events after a parent filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In the complaint, the parent siad that the events made her daughter feel left out because she does not have a father figure in her life. The […]

Two-year-old ticketed for public urination

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A Philadelphia mother is furious after she was ticketed for allowing her two-year-old son to pee against a lamp post in what she calls “a potty training accident.” Caroline Robboy was given a $50 for public urination and a lecture on parenting from the officer. The incident occurred when Robboy was out with her in-laws and […]

More unvaccinated children in CA private schools than public schools

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The Associated Press has found that parents who send their children to private schools in California are more than twice as likely to opt out of recommended vaccinations than those whose children go to public school. This percentage increased by 10% last year despite the increase in whooping cough cases, which is at its highest […]

Does post-partum depression lead to shorter children?

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According to the journal Pediatrics, the answer may be yes. A new study by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md., found that 4-year-olds whose mother suffered mild or moderate depression during their first year of life were 40% more likely to be at or below the 10th percentile for height than children […]

Letting babies cry during sleep training not harmful, says study

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A study published in today’s edition of the journal Pediatrics found that letting children cry for short periods of time during sleep training does not cause lasting psychological problems or damage the parent-child relationship. The study looked at the effects of two different sleep training methods: “controlled comforting”, in which the parents comfort the child […]

Dads who co-sleep show a dip in testosterone

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A study in the Philippines published today after four years of research shows that fathers who were about to sleep in the same bed or in the same room as their children had a significant dip in their testosterone levels, while fathers who slept in a separate room from their children had no change in […]

British scientists debate benefits of freezing IVF embryos

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A study presented at the British Science Festival argues that freezing embryos before implantation in the IVF process results better outcomes for both mother and baby. In the study — done by Dr Abha Maheshwari of Aberdeen University and published in the Fertility Sterility journal — 13,000 IVF pregnancies were studied, and it was found that frozen […]

NJ man stabs two children while they sleep

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Osvaldo “Popeye” Rivera, a 31-year-old man from Camden, NJ, is accused of stabbing two children — killing one — while they slept in their home. Rivera, high on PCP-aced marijuana, entered the children’s home on the 900 block of Ware Street at about 2am on Sunday while they were being watched by a 14-year-old babysitter, and killed […]

Which cities have the most and least spoiled kids?

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The ratings website Bundle.com has put together a list of which cities spend the most and the least on their children. Bundle looked at how much parents spent on toys, clothing and non-essential items for their children and determined the average amount spent over the past three years. They then compared that to the national average. It did […]

Majority of children spend allowance immediately

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A new study conducted by the American Institute of CPAs shows that while 61% of parents say they give their children an allowance (the average is $15 a week, or $780 a year), only 1% say their children save it. Children are not being set up with a realistic relationship to money. Although 89% of those aprents […]

"Super-fertility" may be cause of multiple miscarriages

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  A new study from British and Dutch researchers states that some women’s wombs may allow too many embryos — including poor quality ones — to implant, resulting in miscarriage. The study — published this month in the journal PLoS ONE — may provide an explanation for why some women have multiple (defined as three or more) […]

Antibiotics in infancy may increase risk of childhood obesity

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A new study published in the International Journal of Obesity shows that children who received antibiotics in the first 5 months of life were 22% more likely to be obese at the age of 3. This effect was not seen in children who were received antibiotics between the ages of 6 and 14 months. The children’s weights […]

Mom left baby alone for days at Christmas, went to parties

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A 20-year-old mother in Wales has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for leaving her 15-month-old child alone for days so that she could attend parties during the Christmas holidays. The woman’s neighbors called the police after hearing the baby screaming. The woman (who has not been named) would go back to her home […]

Walnuts improve sperm health, study shows

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The latest issue of the journal the Biology of Reproduction says that eating two handfuls of walnuts a day may improve sperm health in young men. In the study, 117 healthy men between the ages of 21 and 35 had their sperm tested for shape, movement, and vitality. Half of the men added 75 grams […]

Boy scout leader attacked by rabid beaver

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What badge do they give for this? A 51-year-old Boy Scout leader was attacked by a rabid beaver while swimming in the Delaware River in Pennsylvania earlier this month. On August 2nd, Norman Brousseau was acting as assistant troop leader on a Boy Scout trip with another leader and four Scouts when a beaver swam […]

Children left in hot car while mom shopped

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A mother in Los Angeles is facing possible felony charges after leaving her two children locked in her car while she went shopping. 18-year-old Arely Amaya allegedly left her 1-year-old son and 2-week-old daughter strapped in their carseats with a rear window cracked. The temperature outside was 92 degrees, but Deputy Pete Mejia estimated that the […]

14-year-old bullied about looks, gets plastic surgery

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14-year-old Nadia Iles won free plastic surgery from a site designed to help children with facial deformities after being bullied about her appearance. Iles appeared on Good Morning America to talk about her decision. She says she was bullied about her ears since the age of 7, and became so depressed by the constant taunts […]

Mom leaves three kids alone, has sex at neighbor's house

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Her priorities firmly in place, 24-year-old mother Crystal Rusaw of New Port Richey, Florida, left her three children — ages 4, 3, and 10 months — home alone for hours so that she could have sex with a neighbor at his home. The three kids crossed Massachusetts Avenue — a busy four-lane highway with a […]

Woman fakes pregnancy, tries to steal baby from hospital

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A California woman who was faking a pregnancy with her estranged husband, dressed as a nurse and tried to abduct a newborn from Garden Grove Hospital in Southern California on Monday morning. Grisel Ramirez, 48, began getting questions from her estranged husband after her alleged due date passed.  The couple does not live together and […]